Pomorskie is a voivodeship, or province, in
north-central Poland. It comprises most of Pomerelia, as well as an area east
of the Vistula River. The provincial capital is Gdańsk.
The voivodeship was established on January 1,
1999, out of the former voivodeships of Gdańsk, Elbląg and Słupsk, pursuant to
the Polish local government reforms adopted in 1998. It is bordered by West
Pomeranian Voivodeship to the west, Greater Poland and Kuyavian-Pomeranian
Voivodeships to the south, Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship to the east, and the
Baltic Sea to the north. It also shares a short land border with Russia, on the
Gdańsk, the regional capital, forms part of
the Tricity of Sopot, Gdańsk and Gdynia. The voivodeship also includes the
narrow Hel Peninsula and the Polish half of the Vistula Spit. Other tourist
destinations include Sopot, Jurata, Łeba, Władysławowo, Puck, Krynica Morska,
Ustka, Jastarnia, Kuźnica, Bytów and many fishing ports and lighthouses.